Stewart, Storm surge past Mystics 98-82 for WNBA title

Seattle Storm players Sue Bird Jewell Loyd and Breanna Stewart celebrate during the first half of Game 3 of the WNBA Finals Wednesday night in Fairfax Va

Getting swept by the talented Storm was disappointing but nowhere near catastrophic for a young team that made it to the franchise's first Finals without one of its linchpins, Emma Meesseman, who did not play this season because of burnout.

Despite losing in their first Finals appearance in the team's 21-year history, Thibault and the Mystics know that the 9,000-plus fans who traveled 20 miles outside of Washington, D.C., and piled into Eagle Bank Arena know their team, for the first time in nearly a decade, has a bright future. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. and will end at KeyArena.

So, she decided school was the ideal place for a watch party for Game 3 of the WNBA Finals.

"Right from the jump, I just wanted to be really aggressive", said Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm after her team's 75-73 win over the Washington Mystics, which put the Storm up by two in the best-of-five series. She had 13 points, four assists and four rebounds in Sunday's game cheered on by the Storm's fans. Celebrate Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart and all of Seattle with this licensed championship t-shirt. Sanders would return to the end of the Washington bench by the end of the game with her left leg elevated on other chairs and managed to crutch her way off the court once the Seattle celebration began. "This is probably going to be one of the most defining moments of my career", Bird said Wednesday night.

It's the Western Conference franchise's third National Basketball Association championship after Australian Lauren Jackson led the side to titles in 2004 and 2010. Post your congratulations and photos on the KING 5 Facebook page as we continue our coverage of the Storm's winning legacy. In Game 3, it was do-or-die, win-or-go-home for the D.C. team, but they could not extend their season for the right to a Game 4.

Stewart was named Finals MVP.

Despite the misfires, Washington rallied from down 18 points to trailing 72-67 with 6:49 remaining.


"Seattle deserves to have this trophy back", Stewart said.

The Mystics took part in their first WNBA finals in franchise history, led by 2015 MVP forward Elena Delle Donne, who averaged 20 points per game and eight rebounds per game during the playoffs, along with being the all-time leader in WNBA free throw percentage at.934 during her regular season career and.953 for her postseason career.

Asked whether she would visit the White House if invited by President Donald Trump, Bird said, "No, I wouldn't".

"It didn't feel like my first WNBA finals closeout game", the poised Stewart said.

Students kept rooting for the Storm into the fourth quarter, where the game got close, but never close enough. "All year you could just see the escalation".

"We said it all year, you can't get too high or too low. It came down to a stop, and I thought we really did a good job". "What she did this year was ahead of schedule, for us", Thibault said of the seventh overall pick.

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